Michael Frith graduated from Canterbury College of Art with BA(Hons) and has worked for most national newspapers worldwide, including, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The Times & Sunday Times. Has held 25 solo exhibitions including 14 in London, notably Smith's Gallery. The Illustrators Gallery, two in Bermuda, as well as many in Southern England. Friths's paintings form part of many public and private collections.
Question: Do you have any formal design training? Michael: Yes, St Albans School of Art and Canterbury College of Art and Design. Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Michael: I was encouraged to hone what was considered a talent. Question: Where do you live? Michael: The South Coast near Chichester, West Sussex. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Michael: In the eaves above my garage at home. Question: Describe the view from your studio window? Michael: Looking west towards an old Sussex barn and North towards the South Downs across farmland. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Michael: The Sea. Question: Do you collect anything? Michael: The odd pebble. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Michael: No. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Michael: Sailing. Painting.
Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Michael: My book 'YACHT'. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Michael: Travel reportage. Question: Who is/are your illustration hero/es? Michael: Goya, Haro Hodson, Edward Ardizzone. Emma Chichester Clarke. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Michael: A Sailor or a Woodsman perhaps. Question: How do you think a friend, or professor who knows you well would describe you? Michael: A triumph of lazyness over talent. Question: If you could take a holiday leaving tomorrow, where would you go & what would you do? Michael: Sailing in the Caribbean. Question: If you won the lottery what would you do with the money? Michael: I have two young daughters to support. And I love Classic Yachts. Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Michael: This is with my Lottery winnings. 19th Century to sail before the age of steam. Question: And who would be the one person you would want to meet? Michael: James Abbot McNeil Whistler.